Library Staff Reads

There are two kinds of readers: those who only read one book at a time and those who read multiple books at one time. Lately, it seems that we mostly employ the second kind.

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.


 Colonia (movie)

This was a very intriguing movie. It is sad to view events that have happen in this world that are so tragic because of corrupt governments and crazy cult leaders. This movie has both and mixed in with it is a love story. I give it five stars.

~Stunt Clerk #3


Anne’s house of dreams by L.M. Montgomery

Anne’s house of dreams is the fifth book in the Anne of Green Gables series. I have read these books several times over the years and they never fail to amuse and entertain me. I really love Anne’s house of dreams mainly because of the character Cornelia. The dialogue of her outrageous speeches makes me laugh out loud. Captain Jim is another rich character in the book that constantly has something interesting to say and also likes to rile up Ms. Cornelia. Pick up this book to see if you can be counted among the “race that knows Joseph,” you’ll have to read this fantastic tale to find out what this means.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This book is also part of a series called Lunar chronicles. The retelling of the Cinderella story. Set in the future where there is moon people with powers, and earth people create alliances. Cinder is a working mechanic on the streets of New Beijing. In the end she finds out who she really is. I read this because I am always interested in a new take on the classic fairy tales stories.


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 Star-Crossed (TV Series)

“An epic Romeo and Juliet romance unfolds as an Atrian boy named Roman and a human girl named Emery encounter many dangers in their pursuit of love and peace between their species and each other.”


Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

What if the Civil War had not been fought, and slavery still existed in the United States today? That’s the chilling premise of this book, which unfolds in a manner which makes me think of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. More of a thriller than I usually read, but so far it’s a good read.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast – placed in a faerie world, and modified, as all the best fairytale retellings are. While it’s shelved in the Teen section, adults may enjoy it as well. Definitely not for younger readers.


Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

This biography is reportedly the one that inspired that musical you may have heard of. The book is about two inches thick, so I’ve been reading it for several months and am not even halfway through – it’s not a light read, to say the least! It’s also fascinating. There’s so much more to Alexander Hamilton than I realized, and of course he was also in the thick of one of the most interesting parts of U.S. history.


Drop Dead Diva: Season 1
Drop Dead Diva (TV series)

Originally a Lifetime series. It’s about an extremely shallow woman named Deb who died in a horrible accident. Her time wasn’t finished on earth, so the powers that be sent her back to make good of the rest of her life; only they put her in an entirely different body. This series deals with insecurities, body image and self-acceptance. I loved every second of watching this show. It’s available on Netflix.


Rizzoli & Isles (TV series)

A Boston homicide detective and the Chief Medical Examiner work together to solve murders. It’s a basic ‘buddy cop’ series. Guess which one has a tortoise for a pet.

~Buffy the Netflix watcher

Duncanville Public Library Treated for Bedbugs

BedbugThis week, staff discovered bedbugs in various chairs and couches in the Duncanville Public Library. The affected pieces of furniture were deemed untreatable and were promptly discarded in order to prevent the bedbugs’ spreading further throughout the Library. Exterminators were then brought onsite to assess the rest of the facility.

The Library underwent treatment for bedbugs after closing at 6PM on the evening of Friday, August 12th. The treatment required only 4 hours to take effect and dissipate before the building is safe to enter, so the Library was able to open for normal service hours at 10AM on Saturday, August 13th. Exterminators will return for a post-treatment inspection within approximately one week.

As a precaution, Library visitors (as well as the general public) are advised to check their homes, cars, and workplaces for signs of bedbugs, such as small rust-colored spots on mattresses or furniture, or a sweet, musty odor. While bedbugs can live in many places, they are most commonly found close to where a person sleeps.

Once discovered, bedbugs can be treated with heat (as by running clothes and bedsheets through the dryer on high heat, or steam-cleaning carpets) or with insecticides and other chemical agents. Severely affected areas should be treated by a professional exterminator.

More information about bedbugs (including signs/symptoms, treatment, mitigation, prevention) can be found through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dallas County Health and Human Services.

For more information regarding Library facilities and services, contact Library staff at 972-780-5050.

She got hired!

She used the library to find a new job.

She used the library to find a new job.

We have lots of regular patrons visit the library. Quite a few of them are here to update their resumes, search for job postings, and send in applications. Recently, Ms. Rayford found out she could stop sending in applications. While in the midst of filling out an application, she got a call offering her a job. She’ll be starting her new position next week and we couldn’t be happier for her.

Remember, you too can come in to the library. We have resume software, lots of books that have resume and interview tips, and plenty of computers. Our staff is always ready to get you started on looking for your next job.


Library staff picks

What a surprise! We’ve got some more titles to share with y’all this week. It seems the library people really like books. But reading isn’t all we do… Sometimes we watch TV. Then again, we do have a few staff members who have been known to read a book while watching TV.

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.


P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

This is the second part of the One Crazy Summer trilogy. Delphine, Vonetta and Fern are back home in Brooklyn, still excited from their summer spent in Oakland, California. When they return, they find that things have changed. It’s a great coming of age story about being young and staying that way. Once again, I definitely recommend to young readers.



My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

This is a delightful children’s book about a little pig out witting a hungry fox. It is a story your kid will want to hear again and again.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Dinosaur Kisses by David Stein

This is an amusing story of a little dinosaur discovering kisses and trying to give them out with many funny mishaps. This is a very fun bedtime story.

~Stunt Clerk #3


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

This story is filled with classic Mo Willems humor. Read this delightful story to your child and discover together if the dinosaurs get their human bonbon.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Loved it! I hadn’t read a play since I had to read Shakespeare in high school, but despite the format of the book it was a delightful read. I enjoyed my time back in Harry Potter’s world and so will anyone who is a fan of the Harry Potter books.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Aftershock by Chuck Scarborough

A major earthquake hits New York City!

This title appeared on a “weeding” list and I love disaster stories so I had to check it out. Plus, it sounds just like a TV movie I watched once and I wanted to see if this was the basis for that movie.


Talk like TED: the 9 public speaking secrets of the world’s top minds by Carmine Gallo.

This book is helpful for those who are beginning to public speak. Also good for people who already have been doing public speaking. I picked this book up because I was taking a class on public speaking at the time. I needed all the pointers I could get.


Jane by Design: Volume One
Jane By Design (TV series)

The show is about “Jane Quimby is leading the ultimate double life. Jane, a regular high school student, applies for a coveted internship at fashion house Donovan Decker. Through a case of mistaken identity, Jane lands a job as the assistant to Gray Chandler Murray a high-powered executive. Only her best friend Billy knows the truth about Jane’s two lives. Will she be able to juggle a life of high school AND high fashion or will they come crashing together at the most inopportune time?”


Longmire (TV series)

Based on the series of books by Craig Johnson.

Walt Longmire is the Sheriff of Absaroka county in Wyoming. He’s just starting to take an interest in life again after the murder of his wife.


Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

I just begged our cataloger to get this book processed for me. It’s book 2 in the Great Library series and I can’t wait to read it!


Safely Home by Randy Alcorn

Synopsis: This very moving and well-written book begins, “Is this the day I die?” Two main characters, one Chinese and one American, whose lives intersect, learn what a difference living for Christ makes in everyday life and what it means to stay true to their faith even in the face of death. This novel describes the persecution Chinese Christian believers face in in China today and is based on a poignant painting by Ron DiCianni of the same title.


“G o o o d evening!”

Currently, I’m bingeing on a wonderful, classic, TV series. It is Alfred Hitchcock’s original Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The library has seasons 1 and 2 (1955-56 and 56-57). Each episode is one half hour long and is totally self-contained so there is no plot carryover from one week to the next. Different actors star each week so there is always a new face and fresh talent. Of course it is in classic black and white. It is mystery not science fiction. No gratuitous violence.


Library staff reads

Once again some of the library staff is too busy reading to tell what they’re reading. Oh, well. Leaves more room for the rest of us. But next week, I’ll make them put their books down long enough to make them send an email.

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.


The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

You might think a book with no pictures would be boring and serious. But in this book everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud even if the words say BLORK or BLUURF. Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, this book is one that kids will beg to hear again and again.



Parts by Tedd Arnold

The boy in this book discovers a disturbing trend. There’s fuzz in his belly button, his toes are peeling, and something just fell out of his nose. The last straw is a loose tooth which convinces him of the awful truth that his parts are coming unglued!


The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Oh no, the crocodile in this story has just swallowed a watermelon seed! Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink?



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by Jack Thorne (based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne).

This is the script of the stage play currently being performed in London. Despite the original insistence of those involved, it is, in fact, a sequel to the book series, as it begins at the last book’s epilogue. Since it is a play, the reading experience is vastly different from the books, and I found myself having difficulty really getting into the story because of that. The story itself seems rather fantastical, and not of the same quality as the book series, but was entertaining and fit the existing canon.

Recommended for fans of the book series – and remember, it’s paramount to read these in order…. J


Black Tide Rising (short stories)

A collection of stories by different authors, but all set in the zombie apocalypse ‘verse I was reading a few weeks ago.


 The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

It’s got a pretty cover and a cool name. So I read the first two pages. There’s an undercover librarian on a spy mission.

Of course, I’m going to read the book.


Library Staff reads

We’ve got work to do. But somehow, we still manage to find time to read a book. Or listen to an audiobook. Or watch a movie. Or binge-watch a TV show. Or flip through a magazine.

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.

Once Dead by Richard Phillips

A prequel to the “Rho Agenda” series. The series is a blend of sci-fi and thriller. One of the main characters, Jack, is exceedingly good at not dying. This book explains why.



The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook: what to do when help is not on the way by James Hubbard

Lots of practical first aid tips and common sense. Also debunks some medical myths. Very easy to read.

~She Who Shall Not Be Named

Cedar Cove (TV Show)

The show is about small town life and the people that make up the town. It is also based on a book series by Debbie Macomber. I watch it because I was looking through Netflix for something to watch.



Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses because the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family who are involved in the thriving black market.


Gilmore Girls Season 7

I missed a lot of episodes in the last season so it was great to finish the series.


 The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty


I watched this movie over the weekend and I wanted to see how it compared to the original book.



The Gunslinger by Stephen King

This is a very weird book. The setting can be off putting with a blend of old west and modern times combined in different worlds.

This is the first in the Dark Tower series and is being made into a movie. My rule is to always read the book before watching the movie. The movie is almost never as good as the book and I’m looking forward to see how movie makers make the weird series of events in this book unfold.

~Stunt Clerk #3

The drawing of the three by Stephen King

I’m glad I persevered through the first book and I do have to say that I’ve tried many times over the years to read that book. The second book is a faster pace and much more interesting and the jumping between worlds isn’t as off putting because I stayed the course and read the first book to get a good understanding on how the story is starting to unfold. This story is now at the point where the characters are alive in my imagination and I’ll hate to finish reading about them. I’m now looking forward to finishing the Dark Tower series.

~Stunt Clerk #3

The art of raising a puppy by Monks of New Skete


This is an oldie but goodie full of sound advice on how to raise a puppy. This is the book I go to when I want to review how to train a dog.


~Stunt Clerk #3

Cesar’s rules: your way to train a well-behaved dog by Cesar Millan

This book is easy to read and full of common sense on how to raise up a dog. It also discusses how to change your thinking when it comes to being a great companion for your furry friend.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Library staff picks

We’ve got work to do. But somehow, we still manage to find time to read a book. Or listen to an audiobook. Or watch a movie. Or binge-watch a TV show. Or flip through a magazine.

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.

  Complete Krav Maga: the ultimate guide to over 250 self-defense and combative techniques by Darren Levine & John Whitmas

The latest craze in self-defense. Who wouldn’t want to know how to knock down an attacker?


The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando.

It is a Junior Fiction book about bullying, not knowing where you stand with friends and foes and wanting to fit in. Once again I was attracted to it by the cover art and it turned out to be a good book. I would definitely recommend it to a young reader.


  Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill.

It is about a young girl named Meena who is taken from her homeland in Africa by slave captors. She has to learn how to fend for/depend on herself. It is very hard to give a condensed summary of this book as it is long and steeped in history. It’s an amazing read that helps you imagine what slave life was like. This book was turned into a mini-series on the channel BET called “The Book of Negros” and that’s how I found out about the book. I recommend either one.


Sanctuary: Season 1
Sanctuary (TV series)

It is about the extraordinary creatures that live on earth and the people who help them. Getting to join these people on their adventures to all four corners of the earth is thrilling. Are you ready for the adventure and to encounter creatures that you’ve only heard about in stories?


  The 100 (TV series)

97 years after a nuclear war, a community of survivors lives on a space station. It is decided to send 100 teenagers to Earth’s surface to find out whether the planet is again habitable.

~a volunteer

  Cat Running by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Set in California during the Dust Bowl era. Cat is the fastest runner in her school, at least until a destitute ‘Okie’ family comes to town.

I started reading this to keep myself entertained while hanging out at DuncanSwitch this past weekend.

Library staff reads

Product Details Rise by Mira Grant

A collection of short stories set in the “Newsflesh” universe. Basically, it’s about a zombie apocalypse with the twist that human civilization DIDN’T completely collapse.


Product Details Grimm (TV series)

This takes a spin on the Grimm fairy tales. What if what they wrote was the real deal? You think you might know your fairy tales.


 Product Details Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

Laurel regrets accepting her friend Viv’s invitation to go on a luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu. She’s too seasick to even try the sweetener and she’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli–the hottest guy ever! Tom and Laurel notice the passengers acting really strange and the shocking side effects of Solu are exposed.


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Collapse, by Jared Diamond, who also wrote Guns, Germs, and Steel.

Diamond seeks to answer the question of why various civilizations of the past vanished into antiquity, and what lessons we can learn from them (as well as from those that still survive) in order to avoid a similar fate for ourselves. His survey sweeps the globe and the timeline, covering societies past and present from places such as Easter Island, the Yucatan peninsula, the American southwest, Greenland, Japan, Rwanda, and Australia.


The Cookies & Cups Cookbook: 125+ sweet & savory recipes reminding you to Always Eat Dessert First
Cookies & Cups cookbook by Shelly Jaronsky

I’m always looking for a new nummy recipe. Regardless of the title, I’m probably going to try the “Essential Blueberry Streusel Muffins.” Nom, nom.



Some of the staff (and staff-in-laws) are playing this. We also are a PokeStop.

Library picks

Here’s what the library staff are reading this week… You may notice we’re a bit short on staff members this week. It seems some of them were too busy reading to actually tell me the titles. Silly bookworms!

Use the comments to tell us what you’re reading.

  Smallville (season 4)

It was the weekend of July 4th. What’s more American than Superman?


When by Victoria Laurie. It’s about a teenage girl who can see death dates on people’s foreheads, but the question is, can she do anything to change them? It’s a good mystery with drama and suspense. I liked it a lot.


One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. A junior fiction book about 3 young sisters who live in Brooklyn, New York. They travel to Oakland, California to visit their mother who abandoned them and along the way meet a lot of different characters. It’s a coming of age trilogy; a fun book that definitely take you on a journey.


  View from the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman. This is only the second book by Neil Gaiman I’ve read, but I love his writing and have become fond of his blog. So being able to read all of these “selected nonfiction” pieces is enjoyable. Recommended.


  The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine

I love a fun teen summer romance novel that’s a quick read!


  Creativity, Inc. : overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration, by Edwin E Catmull. The book was  a recommendation from a tech podcast that I listen to. When reading this book you will get a glimpse of behind the scene at Pixar Animation. Also the creative process and the struggles that they went through to become what they are today. It was a wonderful read to get some new fresh ideas.

~ Emma

Staff picks week of June 27, 2016

As will eventually become a regular feature, here is a round-up of what the staff is reading this week. You may notice that there are more titles mentioned than staff. Therefore, I must inform you that some of our staff are greedy and they try to READ ALL THE THINGS!

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.



Tribe, by Sebastian Junger.

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

On the surface, it’s about veterans, PTSD, and coming home from combat. But in a deeper sense, it’s really an examination of how human societies work, and what it means to be a part of a group, whether that group is the size of a family or the size of a nation. It’s a short read, but a dense one, at just under 200 pages.

Read by Dennis the Director.



Jessica Jones by Brain Bendis.

Jessica Jones is a super hero turned private investigator. This volume only gives you a small glimpse into her mysterious past. It is just enough to want you to come back for more.

Read by Stunt Clerk #3




Consumer Reports August 2016

“I kind of ruined my life by going to college” is the cover story and I found very informative with a college age child and another one who will be looking at colleges within a couple of years. It gives an in depth look into the crisis many people face when saddled with huge amounts of student loan debt and gives possible solutions in how to avoid getting into the same financial hole.

“Shedding light on solar power” was also a wonderful article. If you ever thought about getting solar panels installed, this article gives tips on how to go about doing so. It also talks about tax credits available when you get solar panels installed.

Read by Stunt Clerk #3

Explorers by Andrea DePorti

It is a very interesting book about people who dared to explore unmapped territory in their time. It is filled with photographs that are fascinating to study.

Read by Stunt Clerk #3



Ever Present Danger by Kathy Herman

It is a fluff book that is silly in how it copies stuff that is found on TV or movies. However, it is still very entertaining and is for anyone who can read a book and not take seriously some of the redone content.

Read by Stunt Clerk #3



Z Nation (tv show)

Not at well known as “The Walking Dead” but just as awesome. Lots of zombies, of all ages, and A QUEST that could result in a cure for zombism. Zombiehood? Zombification?

Watched by 5K. (You’ll get that after you watch.)




The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (movie)

I saw the movie and really liked it so I just checked out the book. I prefer to read the book before seeing the movie but I’ll read the other two before I see them!

Watched by Millie.




John F. Kennedy and PT-109 by Richard Tregaskis

Product DetailsI was ten when President Kennedy was assassinated and every boy back then was enthralled with the gripping story of Kennedy’s PT-109 being sliced in half and how John Kennedy led the crew to safety. We all built the PT-109 model. So when this book came in as a donation and I saw it I just had to read it, and I could hardly put it down.

This book covers the life of President John F. Kennedy during his tour of duty in the Pacific theater of WWII. The bulk of the book is about the period of his command of the Patrol Torpedo (PT) boat, number 109. Their craft was sliced in half one night by a Japanese destroyer and he helped guide the surviving crew to safety. The lessons he learned that night served him well when he became president seventeen years later.

Read by Ron.


The story of D-day: June 6, 1944 by Bruce Bliven

On the Sunday before the 72nd anniversary of D-day, earlier in this month of June, one of our church pastors illustrated part of his sermon using an account recorded in this book. So, after the service I borrowed his copy. D-day, the allied invasion of France to begin to take back Europe, was the turning point in the European theater of WWII.

D-day, June 6, 1944, was the largest sea invasion in the history of world. Thousands of ships. And air support with paratroopers landing behind the German lines. The British, Canadian and American forces, after years of intensely secret preparations in England, stormed the beaches at Normandy and beaches north along the coast. Thousands were killed and wounded. Men scaled cliffs using grappling hooks and rope. The going was much slower and harder than anticipated but they held the beach and eventually the cliffs overlooking the beaches and the Germans were on the run. Thus began “the beginning of the end,” as Winston Churchill described it.

Read by Ron.

Who asked you by Terry McMillian,

A Grandmother is forced to raise her grandsons after their mother disappears and everyone has an opinion about how it should be done.

I’m all about cover art, so the cover drew me in. I do judge books by their cover.

Read by Candace.



The Passenger by Lisa Lutz.

It’s a book about a woman on the run who assumes multiple identities.

The synopsis hooked me and it was a good book. Filled with suspense; you never knew what was going to happen next.

Read by Candace.



I am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure.

Read by Danene.



Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

In the process of cataloging it and trying to determine where it needed to be in the library, I was intrigued by her approach, so I checked it out. Jahren weaves threads from her life as a scientist with explanations of various biological phenomena, and manages to write about both poetically. 4.5 stars.

Read by Hannah the Cataloger.



Infectious Diabetes by Doug A. Kaufmann

Actually this is his second book, he writes about how diabetes is an overgrowth of fungus in our system, cause by the food we eat, fungus feeds on sugar, if we cut sugar completely out of our system the fungus dies off therefore the body gets rid of the “diabetes disease”.

Read by Olga.